Upgrading old IBM 386/486 - hard drive problem

  Never again 14:06 14 May 2003

I am having a go upgrading an old pc given to a friend which only had a scsi 170mb hard drive.

I have a redundant 630 mb ide drive which obviously does not fit the scsi ribbon cable. I cant see any other suitable connector on the motherboard - only a smallish one for the a: drive and this has a spare connector which is is 2 pins short of the hard drive connector.

Am I barking up the wrong tree?

He also wants a cd drive fitted as well - so do I have to look for a scsi cd drive?

  Gongoozler 16:20 14 May 2003

If you have a spare PCI slot, you can probably use a PCI IDE card such as the Maxtor one from Dabs. this should also overcome the BIOS hard drive size limitation: click here

The following link to the relevant Maxtor knowledgebase article may work if it doesn't get corrupted by conversion to a "Click here"

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an old 386 wont have any pci slots, you will need to track down an ide card as gongoozler says but for an ISA slot, buying one new would cost a ridiculously large amount of money, try tracking down a second hand one,

for the money and trouble involved you had just as well buy an old P1(586) that will set you back about 50 quid , which will probably have a larger hard drive and a cd-rom, i hate throwing things away but sometimes its just not viable to keep hanging on. H

  Never again 07:16 15 May 2003

Thanks for the advice - I'll let my friend know.

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